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Antwerp’s diamond companies have put the city on the world map as a diamond capital. A status that Antwerp wants to maintain and strengthen. That is why the city launched the five-year innovation programme “Antwerp Diamond Innovation Opportunities” in 2020.
In 2022, together with the agency Verhaert | Masters in Innovation the city supervised 4 innovative projects.
Do you want to develop a revolutionary project that achieves digital or circular innovation or provides innovation in the health sector? Your project will boost the growth of your company. Your innovation will also be of added value to the City of Antwerp. But... you do not have enough budget to realise your project. Then be sure to read on. Chances are that your project proposal will be eligible for financial support from the City of Antwerp.
Hysopt is a partner of “Samen Klimaatactief”, the initiative of the City of Antwerp to inspire and support entrepreneurs to undertake carbon-neutral activities together. Samen Klimaatactief supports the business world with a public website for each business segment.
By contacting Jan Jaeken, the head of Samen Klimaatactief, entrepreneurs are already getting their first free guiding advice on the energy-saving measures they can take. Companies also receive a quick and objective overview of providers that offer concrete solutions. Hysopt is one of them.
Are you looking for business or investment opportunities in health? Thanks to a vibrant ecosystem, the innovative city of Antwerp is the place to be. Let this overview of all the possibilities guide you.
Medical Drone Operator Helicus meticulously prepares unmanned aviation and drone transport for medical purposes in Antwerp and beyond.
A diamantaire without friends or family in the Antwerp diamond district is not a diamantaire. It’s all part of the magic of Antwerp. Not all diamonds, but all people in the diamond industry somehow connect with Antwerp.
The City of Antwerp opted in favour of a “mobile first” strategy in its digital transformation, to bring its services closer to people. After an in-depth user survey, development is now in full swing. The app is expected to be launched in autumn 2022
Last June the world renowned Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts said goodbye to its legendary head of the fashion department, Walter Van Beirendonck. After much speculation Brandon Wen was appointed as the new creative director, a clear choice from the academy towards fresh ideas and new paths for the department. We met with Brandon Wen just two weeks after the news had been announced, curious to get to know this creative free spirit and to hear about his ambitions.
Since April 2020, the City of Antwerp has been launching regular calls to start-ups and SMEs to apply for grants. These are theme-based calls to submit innovation projects in fields or sectors where the city authority is interested to support entrepreneurs.